By Julie Provost, National Guard Spouse
Fall in middle Tennessee is beautiful. The leaves start to fall, the temperature is ideal, and the smells and sights of the season are everywhere. There are many Fort Campbell events and activities to keep you busy this season.
Fort Campbell Events
The Family Zone at Riverfest will be fun for kids of all ages. This will be at McGregor Park, 640 N. Riverside in Clarksville. This will be on Friday, September 8th (5 pm to 8 pm) and Saturday, September 9th (10 am to 9 pm.) There will be games, music, exhibits, activities, dance, stories and inflatables. Most of the games and activities are free, but there is a $10 fee for a wristband for the inflatables.
Shop for fall and winter clothes at the Little Lambs & Ivy Fall/Winter Sale at 121 Union Hall Rd. in Clarksville. The sale will be from September 13th, starting at 7 am and go through September 16th at 12 pm. You will be able to shop for fall and winter children’s clothing, toys, shoes, infant equipment, maternity clothes, and more.
Run for the Fallen will be September 16th, starting at 8 am at Town Center Park at Fort Campbell. Strollers are welcome but please no pets, bicycles, or glass. This event will be open to the entire community.
Enjoy some family fun with the Sleep Under The Stars Campout at Billy Dunlap park in Clarksville. This campout will start on September 23rd at 2 pm and will go until September 24th at 9 am. There will be a bonfire, games, ghost stories, and other family fun activities. The cost will be $15 per person or $55 per family up to six people. Please bring your own tent and sleeping supplies.
Bring the kids out to Movies in the Park: Star Wars The Force Awakens + Rogue One. This will be at Liberty Park at 1188 Cumberland Dr. in Clarksville. The movies will be showing on October 14th (5:15pm-9pm.) There will be a double feature of The Force Awakens and Rouge One. Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs. You will also be able to purchase food from a few vendors. The movie will start around 6:15 pm.
Go pick out a pumpkin at the Floating Pumpkin Patch at the New Providence swimming pool. This is at 166 Cunningham Ln in Clarksville. This will be October 21st (2pm-5:30 pm.) You can hunt for your pumpkin in the pool and then decorate it once you find the perfect one. There will also be games, bounce houses, face painting and more. The cost will be $5 per person or $8 with the pumpkin included.
Head to the ODR Halloween Candy Climb on October 26th (4:30pm-8pm.) This will be at the ODR Indoor Climbing Wall at 6621K 11th Airborne Division Rd. on Fort Campbell. Dress in your Halloween costumes, enjoy some climbing and grab some candy.
Put on your superhero costumes for the Super Hero Party on October 26th (5:30pm-7:30 pm) at the Burt-Cobb community center located at 1011 Franklin St. in Clarksville. Children, ages 10 and under and their families can enjoy an evening of fun and games while wearing their favorite superhero costume. There will be face painting, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, and popcorn stations. The fee will be $3 a child.
Halloween at Fort Defiance will be on October 27th (6pm-8pm.) This will be at the Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center at 120 Duncan St. in Clarksville. You will be able to gather around the bonfire and listen to haunted tales. There will be hot dogs and hot chocolate, and the event is for ages eight and up.
Fright on Franklin is the perfect Halloween experience in the area. Historic downtown Clarksville will transform into a frightful fun scene for the entire family. There will be themed activities and safe trick or treating. There will also be a costume contest, and the cost is free. This will be on October 28th (3pm-6pm) in downtown Clarksville.
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Julie Provost is a PCSgrades’ Blogger Affiliate and a freelance blogger with over 20,000 page views a month on her blog Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life. She enjoys life in Tennessee with her husband, a National Guard soldier and their three boys. Julie enjoys blogging, reading, photography and a good cup of coffee. You can follow her on Twitter @SoldiersWifeCL.